Category Archives: Planning

Welcome to the We Are Family magazine library, Planning section.

Planning is for anyone thinking about starting an ‘alternative’ family, whether it’s still just a thought, an idea to consider, or your decision has been made and it’s time to explore your options and take positive steps forward – this section is for you.

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Advances in IVF technology

Time-lapse imaging and morphokinetic algorithms A Danish-developed machine that takes time-lapse images of embryos in the first five days of development is increasing live birth rates in IVF treatment. With the EmbryoScopes incubator scientists can view over 5000 images. In conventional IVF laboratories embryo development will be checked up to 6 times. Combined with specific…
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Surrogacy in the UK: choosing a clinic

Surrogacy in the UK: an insider's guide You might think that because there is no legal framework for surrogacy in the UK that clinics don’t offer surrogacy options. Not so. Helen Priddle, Senior Embryologist at the Centre for Reproduction and Gynaecology Wales (CRGW) explains, and gives some top tips on choosing a UK clinic for…
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Co-parenting how-to: part 1

Co-parenting Part 1: finding your perfect partners Many lesbians and gay men are attracted to the idea of co-parenting where, for example, a gay couple has a child with a single lesbian and they share the parenting between them. There are several benefits to this arrangement. Aside from solving the problem of the missing sperm…
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Choosing a fertility clinic

Lesbians & fertility treatment: how to choose a clinic Many lesbians wanting to start a family choose to go to a clinic for treatment and use donor sperm, but with many clinics competing for your business how do you decide where to go and what treatment to have? Helen Priddle, Embryology Lab Manager at the…
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Inter-partner egg donation

Making Tayt: inter-partner egg donation Purdey and Maddie both always wanted children, and combining inheritance with money from a house sale they could afford IVF treatment. They decided Purdey would carry Maddie’s fertilised egg – called inter-partner donation. Here they share their journey. Maddie: “We always had the idea of carrying each other’s child.” Purdey:…
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Surrogacy in the UK: a personal story

A story of surrogacy in the UK: first steps on a journey Paul Gittins is in the early stages of planning his family. He explores the emotions that have emerged as he and his partner Bryan decide to try surrogacy in the UK. "The decision has been a long time coming for us. We’ve been…
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Surrogacy in the UK: a guide

A guide for gay men... & anyone else considering surrogacy in the UK! Natalie Gamble and her team at specialist fertility law firm Natalie Gamble Associates are widely known as the UK's leading surrogacy lawyers, having acted for the parents in the UK's first international surrogacy case in 2008 and virtually all the subsequent leading…
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Surrogacy: international options

Sam Everingham of Families Through Surrogacy guides you through your international options Thousands of gay men around the world now raise children. Understandably they want to be the sole parents and genetically related to their children, and surrogacy meets this need. Uncompensated surrogacy in the UK is popular. with many gay men trawling through online…
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Surrogacy in the USA

Accessing surrogacy in the USA: a guide for gay men Richard Westoby and his partner had twin girls via a surrogate in the USA. He now helps other gay men accessing surrogacy. You’ve decided finding a surrogate in the UK will take too long and the lack of laws make it a risk you’re not…
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Yotam Ottolenghi: surrogacy & parenthood

Chef Yotam Ottolenghi & his journey to parenthood For Israeli chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi, having children was culturally acceptable even as a gay men. This was not the case for his partner Karl, from Northern Ireland. Here Yotam talks about coming together and how they found the right ingredients to have their son,…
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